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Swimmers delve into regionals

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It was a very successful Saturday for Wise County swimmers this weekend. Eight Decatur swimmers and a Boyd swimmer advanced to the regional swim meet Feb. 8 at the Mansfield Aquatic Center after their performances at the district meet in Denton Saturday.

The Lady Eagles finished fourth overall with 52 points. Byron Nelson took the girls team title with 225.

NICE DAY - Decatur's Logan Huff had a nice district meet Saturday advancing to regionals in two relays and the 100 freestyle. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

NICE DAY – Decatur’s Logan Huff had a nice district meet Saturday advancing to regionals in two relays and the 100 freestyle. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Eagles took sixth in team standings with 19 points, while Byron Nelson took the boys title with 181. Boyd finished seventh with 12.

“We did well,” Decatur swim coach Doris Dennard said. “We swam well for the most part. Logan [Huff] had his best time, but no one else had their best time. We don’t always have our fastest times at the district meet.”

Baley Phariss, Haley Dennard, Katey Rowden and Madeleine Semmelmann advanced in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. They finished third in the 200 medley with a time of 2:09 and fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:54.

Dennard also moved on individually in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke. Phariss is going to regionals in the 100 breaststroke.

Rowden, a state qualifier last season, advanced in the 50 free and 100 free. She also picked up the Female Swimmer of the Meet.

Logan Huff, Daniel Smyers, Trey Dale and Robert Davilla will be heading to regionals in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.

The Eagles finished fifth in the 200 medley with a time of 2:07 and sixth in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.

Huff also advanced in the 100 free.

“We were a little disappointed we didn’t get more personal best times,” Dennard said. “We were fast enough. Nerves typically take over a little at the district meet.”

Jake Bryans and Savannah Richardson of Boyd also competed in the 6-4A meet. Bryans qualified for regionals in both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

The top six finishers in each event qualified for the regional meet.

ALL SMILES - Decatur's Haley Dennard, Madeleine Semmelmann, Katey Rowden and Baley Phariss show off their third place medals from the 200 medley relay. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

ALL SMILES – Decatur’s Haley Dennard, Madeleine Semmelmann, Katey Rowden and Baley Phariss show off their third place medals from the 200 medley relay. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

RESULTS:

GIRLS
50 FREESTYLE

Katey Rowden
1st … 25.69

Haley Dennard
5th … 27.01

Madeleine Semmelman
11th … 30.21

Alexis Downe
22nd … 40.24

100 FREESTYLE

Katey Rowden
2nd … 55.57

Baley Phariss
12th … 1:10

Savannah Richardson
18th … 1:25

Alexis Downe
21st … 1:31

100 BACKSTROKE

Madeleine Semmelman
12th … 1:21

Alexis Little
13th … 1:33

100 BREASTSTROKE

Haley Dennard
3rd … 1:22

Baley Phariss
5th … 1:24

200 FREESTYLE

Alexis Little
15th … 3:09

BOYS
50 FREESTYLE

Daniel Smyers
9th … 25.40

Logan Huff
10th … 25.57

Colton Teter
18th … 27.64

100 BUTTERFLY

Jake Byrans
4th … 1:04

100 FREESTYLE

Logan Huff
6th … 56.55

Daniel Smyers
7th … 57.43

Trey Dale
15th … 1:06

Chase McBride
18th … 1:11

100 BACKSTROKE

Jake Bryans
2nd … 1:00

Robert Davilla
15th … 1:17

Chase McBride
21st … 1:29

Carter Hakanson
22nd … 2:31

200 FREESTYLE

Robert Davilla
9th … 2:16

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